Gabriel Yiu defeats George Chow to win NDP nomination in Vancouver-Fraserview

The man who lost a tainted election to B.C. Liberal Kash Heed will have another opportunity in 2013.

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Today at Killarney secondary school, Gabriel Yiu was nominated as the NDP candidate in Vancouver-Fraserview.

He collected 130 votes, compared to 95 for the only other candidate, Vancouver councillor George Chow.

"This was a good campaign," Yiu said after the results were read by constituency president Ian Maas. "I have done my best. Thanks for your support."

In an earlier speech, Yiu revealed that he won endorsements from former premier Glen Clark, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, and NDP activist Bill Tieleman.

"I often ask myself, why do I want to public office?" Yiu said. "I believe I can make a difference. I want to protect public health care and education. I want to promote social justice and fairness. I want to ensure seniors' long-term care needs are met. I want to restore government accountability and public trust. I want to support affordable housing for the working families. I want to protect Crown corporations from privatization."


Gabriel Yiu expressed a great deal of gratitude to his supporters before the ballots were counted.

He also mentioned that he wants to promote trade and cultural ties with Asia. In the constituency, he pledged to try to speed up the seismic upgrades for Killarney and David Thompson schools and get a secure provincial funding for a seniors centre at Killarney.

In a speech before the votes were counted, NDP Leader Adrian Dix described Chow and Yiu as "two outstanding candidates".

Dix also fired up party members by talking about the crisis for adults with developmental disabilities.

"That's why for five months, we have been campaigning with families to ensure that people understand the extend of the crisis," Dix said. "Think of this: 2500 people, adults with developmental disabilities, on waitlists for care at a time when the government decided to close 65 group homes. We can't wait until 2013."


Adrian Dix speaks to NDP members at the Vancouver-Fraserview nomination meeting.

One of Yiu's nominators, former constituency president Trevor Harris, claimed that because of the Heed campaign's "dirty tricks" in 2009, "Gabriel was cheated in the last election."

Another Yiu supporter, Thekla Lit, told the Straight that Yiu did the groundwork for Heed to step down. Heed has not resigned, even though he violated the election-spending limit and his campaign manager recently pleaded guilty to election-related offences.

Below are some snapshots from the nomination meeting.

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Genie
Congratulations, Gabriel! You deserve it! We always support you!
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go to hell
I will never vote for pukes who gave us the fast ferries, TransLink and SkyTrain.
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Rand Webber
Congratulations Gabriel! You have worked so hard for this riding for the last few years, even though Vancouver-Fraserview was stolen from you by a completely illegitimate election campaign, fronted by the Liberal's Kash Heed. The grace and determination you have demonstrated in the face of this has been admiral. And yours was one of the first voices I heard in the anti-HST movement, which inspired me to get involved. I am so pleased to see you win this nomination, and to have another "kick at the can," as you go on to win this riding in 2013!
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xnexus
Thanks for the donation Mable. Will they come the usual way,$5 bills stapled to a form?
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Sheeple
Congrats Yiu...

- Now you can run vs any other opponent from any Communist Country (Again) :)

- You can DEFEND the Xinhua Reporter AGAIN :)

- You can TRY to win AGAIN :)
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Sheeple
@ go to hell...

I can't forget the PUKES who gave us...

- $565 Million ++ Tarp Roof

- Fucking $1 Billion Condos for the Olympics

- ANOTHER SYKTRAIN :) hahaha Lie-berals new YVR Train haha

- SELLING Fast Ferries for Pennies on the DOLLAR :) IDIOTS

- PPP $5.5 BILLION Hydro OFF BALANCE SHEET SHIT

- Multi MILLIONS for SLOW FERRIES CEO

- DUMBASS Lie-Berals 999 YEAR BC RAIL DEAL

- BILLIONS IN DEFICITS

- FUCKING HST

FUCK FAST FERRIES BY THE NDP LOOKS LIKE CHUM CHANGE VS THIS!
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Blame Game
So the membership spoke and Yiu won fair and square. However, having the likes of Glen Clark and Meena Wong as endorsers will not increase Yiu's electability one iota!
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Blame Game
Sorry, I mean Meaner Wong.
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HellSlayerAndy
Wow...high profile riding with high profile candidates and they manage only 225 votes/members.

NDP...no visible public support, no money and have only won three general elections in 50 years! That's not a party; that's a racket where something is paying them to play Opposition.
Amazing how SO CALLED Progressives have such an endless tolerance and complacency for failure, decade after decade after decade and cherish loyalty and solidarity far more than they do power and influence.
The Phonies are just recycling their deadwood.
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Stephen
Given the continuing travails of Kash Heed there's a very real possibility he'll either resign his seat or be forced to vacate it early in the new year. If so, Gabriel would be the favourite to win the ensuing byelection. In that case, Fraserview would have an outstanding representative in the Legislature.

PS: Interesting to read the drive-by smears posted by obvious apologists for the BC Liberal regime. The posters are evidently the last to realize that the Liberals' criminal behaviour in Vancouver Fraserview all but guarantees their defeat. Likewise the dishonesty, incompetence, and corruption of the Campbell-Clark government will be justly rewarded at the polls. Clark's involvement in the BC Rail debacle is a ticking time-bomb.
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R U Balanced or Biasaed?
It’s certainly a head-scratcher that Meena Wong has never addressed the issue of her ethnic pandering—either for or against it. On her Twitter account on Nov 7, she was engaging in a conversation where she more or less admitted to favoring the practice of courting the Chinese vote.

Kevin Y. Lee wrote:
“Many Chinese told me they'll vote for a Chinese candidate regardless.”

Meena Wong wrote:
“@kevin_y_lee you are bang on. Were u at the Fraserview nomination yesterday? Two candidates and both r Ch. I supported Gabriel won.”

So it would seem that the fact Gabriel Yiu was Chinese was a major factor in her decision to support him. Notice she said nothing about Yiu’s great accomplishments. It also seems that Meena supported Yiu over Chow as a spurn to Chow who chose to support another candidate in the federal election.

It’s so disappointing that the federal NDP would sanction such manipulative tactics and support such a candidate that shows such poor judgment. At a time when Cdns outside of Quebec feel that the NDP is increasingly Quebec-centric, practicing the politics of “special interests” and division, this desperate woman is playing the Chinese card, further adding to the NDP’s politics of special interests and division. Meena Wong fails to understand that the politics of fragmentation is antithetical to Jack Layton’s aspirations for his party’s future. The NDP sits at an unprecedented point in Cdn history and should have little trouble attracting candidates of much higher quality. If the party is still scraping the bottom of the barrel for substandard candidates, then there is something fundamentally wrong with the NDP’s ability to inspire and attract better talent to come to their tent.

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Truth Prevails
Talk of Chinese racism! Such hypocrisy. Shame on Gabriel Yiu and Meena Wong!
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Stephen
@R U Balanced or Biasaed?

What utter rubbish you do write.

It is a statement of fact that SOME ethnic Chinese will vote for a Chinese candidate on ethnic grounds alone. It is equally true that some voters, in the privacy of the voting booth, will shun a candidate on ethnic grounds. Acknowledging either of these facts does not mean one approves of such behaviour. The meaning you attempt to impute to Meena Wong's brief twitter remarks is completely without foundation, as anyone can see.

Equally fallacious is your claim that Meena Wong only supported Gabriel Yiu because George Chow endorsed her Liberal opponent, Ujjal Dosanjh, in last May's federal election. Wong was not alone in taking Chow to task for that. It was a sore point with many NDP members, given the fact that the provincial and federal wings of the Party are integrated. It is against the constitution and traditions of the NDP for a member to support the candidate of another party. If you had been paying attention to the nomination campaign in Fraserview you would have known that.

Likewise, if you'd troubled to actually read Meena Wong's online endorsement of Yiu, you'd have known that she commended him for the extensive work he's done as a writer and broadcaster in the Chinese and English media and for his activism in Fraserview. She also stressed the fact that, unlike Chow, Yiu lives and works in the riding.

Now we come to your illogical inference that the absence of non-Chinese candidates in the Fraserview NDP nomination race proves that the NDP is pandering to Chinese-Canadian voters. For your information, the Party doesn't hand-pick candidates for nomination contests. Any member in good standing is eligible to run. So no, there was no sinister design to limit the race to ethnic Chinese candidates.

As for your disparaging remarks about the quality of the two candidates, you fail to explain in what respect their background and credentials are deficient. I'll take Gabriel Yiu or George Chow any day over that crook Kash Heed or over our ex-radio hotline host of a premier, Christy Clark, who never earned a single university degree.
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Stephen
@Truth Prevails
"Talk of Chinese racism! Such hypocrisy. Shame on Gabriel Yiu and Meena Wong!"

Do you come by your ignorance honestly or are you wilfully ignorant?
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RU Balanced or Biased?
@ Stephen

You ignorance and willful blindness to the fact the voters soundly rejected Meena Wong on election day is admirable. You have no foundation for your flowery remarks. You are not Chinese. You have no experience in the culture, especially the younger culture. So you are good friends with Chinese candidates and you pick up a chopstick every now and then. So what? You have no insight into what Chinese voters want since you only can attract a "token" candidate like Wong.

As for her credentials, there are at least 5 people in our study circle with multiple degrees and can speak multiple languages including the ones Meena Wong claims to speak. I dare you to raise the interest of these 5 talented people to even pay attention to your silly circus. You would even be lucky to get them to look your way. Would it kill the NDP to find quality candidates?

Gabriel Yiu has stellar credentials as do George Chow, but Meena Wong volunteers at a hospital and has credentials in electronic arts. Has she ever held a real job? That question was asked here in the forum during the election. No answer. Will you answer on her behalf? If you do, why are you campaigning for an election 4 years away?

BTW Fool, I am not a Liberal. And I'm half Chinese and half Russian. Care to impugn my character any further?





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RU Balanced or Biased?
Charlie, it's only fair that you give me a chance to reply to the utter shit that Stephen just hurled. Just because I'm not pro-NDP doesn't mean you can deny me a voice.
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Stevie Lowe
@ Stephen
RU Biased’s commentary is a fair one. Your hysterical rant and your ad hominem attack suggests that you are an NDP troll and that the comments hit right at the truth. You have no right to tell how Chinese voters should feel about some perception that does not jive with your message or your friends. There are just not enough Chinese voters that will buy into ethnic pandering as seen by the results of the last election. The politics of division is something the NDP accuses the Conservatives of doing and yet when the NDP practices it, you expect it to slide on by without notice. Also, your trashing of the Liberal party is lame-brained and ignorant because you will alienate the soft-Liberal voters that your party will need to win the next election.

Also, if you were at all aware, anything posted on a public forum like Twitter is subject to criticism. So if you posted something stupid, you should be responsible for it. If you were paying attention, the furor over Dean Del Maestro questioning how good a Catholic Justin Trudeau was drew sharp criticism and he was brought to task over it. Why not Meena Wong? If she didn’t want such visibility why not send a secret e-mail?

Your indignation is not only illogical, it’s disingenuous.
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J Kang
The NDP is sure nervous about being in the spotlight. Not ready for prime time.
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Stevie Lowe
I see the NDP idiots trolling about.
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Steppenwolf
ANd I see bald-faced lying freedom-hating economy-wrecking poverty-inducing ecology-raping BC Liar corporate suckholes are still alive.
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